Skate parks are great, and Perth has a bunch of a fantastic options to suit people of all ages.
Here are a few of the best, but keener beans looking for a quieter time would do well to do a bit of research of their own – there’s heaps to be conquered:
The Banksia Grove skate park has been an epic inclusion to the relatively new suburb, developed in 2018 for half a million dollars. Worth every cent, the park is impressive in size and variety with a huge bowl, rails and jumps of different sizes throughout. There’s also plenty of seating surrounding for parents to pull and watch the action.
Cnr Grandis & Pinjar Rd, Banksia Grove
One of Perth’s best, Bayswater skatepark has a huge metal vert ramp, a few stairs, rails and a small bowl. But it’s the vert ramp that sorts out the pros from the pretenders, and makes for exciting viewing if you happen to fall under the latter category.
Wotton Reserve, Embleton
Across three locations (North Perth, Whitfords, Cannington) Beyond Skate are rocking some seriously impressive indoor bowls. Whitford City even has a skate ramp inside the shopping centre, while their flagship North Perth has a huge underground skateboarding playground.
Charles St, North Perth
Westfield Whitford City, Hillarys
5/1468 Albany Highway, Cannington
Ellenbrook’s skatepark is popular amongst skaters and BMXers, with a nice 5ft bowl, 3m jump and slide wedge, a couple of launch wedges, a quarter pipe, tabletop, planters and plenty more. It’s located on Coolamon Oval, and is a pretty popular spot for kids of all ages to hang on the weekends and hone their craft.
Coolamon Oval, Ellenbrook
Part of Fremantle’s Esplanade Youth Plaza, this world-class skate park can get pretty busy on the weekends. It’s huge, with sections that cater to skaters of all abilities including a big bowl at the southern end, and plenty of nods to Freo’s history throughout. There’s plenty to do in the whole area, including WA’s first outdoor parkour park (if you forget your board).
The Esplanade, Fremantle
One of Perth’s oldest and most popular skate parks, it’s right next door to WA’s dedicated all ages live music venue, HQ Leederville. Featuring two big bowls and a submarine, there’s plenty of rails and ramps to work.
Photo via City of Vincent
60 Frame Ct, Leederville
Mills Park Skate Plaza
Catering for skaters, scooters and BMXers, the Mills Park Skate Plaza is nice and spread out, making it suitable for all levels of skill. Designed with cruisers in mind, there are heaps of ledges, rails and curbs to go with a mini ramp in the centre.
86 Brixton St, Beckenham
Another park with plenty of room for all comers, it’s loaded with small quarter pipes, some funboxes, ledges and rails to grind throughout. It can get pretty crowded so make sure you be patient and wait your turn where required!
Photo via southperth.wa.gov.au.
Manning Rd, Karawara
Also known as The Snake Pit, the new skate park along the Scarborough foreshore has been an epic and welcome inclusion to the area. With a competition-level bowl at one end, a heap of rails and ramps in the middle, and a quarter-court and rock-climbing wall at the other, it’s quickly become a huge attraction for tourists and locals alike.
150 The Esplanade, Scarborough
This relatively new skatepark has a monster 9ft bowl making it one for the more experienced crew out there. There is also a more chill concrete funbox just next door to it to help work your way up to the bowl, but it’s gonna take a while!
Mandurah Skate Park
As far as public open spaces go, Mandurah has truly levelled up in the past couple of years with the expansion of their popular skate park, and the completion of the spectacular Koolaanga Waabiny Playground next door. Both are part of the $22m Mandurah Waterfront Project, with the skate park now featuring a massive new competition bowl, with three zones suitable for all levels.
Header Image via City of Mandurah.